National Services Scotland and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) are supporting a campaign launched by the Scottish Government, to identify individuals who may have contracted Hepatitis C through a blood transfusion prior to 1991.
If you think you might have had a transfusion before September 1991 – for example if you were seriously ill in hospital following an accident or had complications during childbirth, which may have required a blood transfusion – it is possible that you may have been at risk of contracting hepatitis C.
It is possible to be infected without having any significant symptoms. Despite a lack of symptoms, hepatitis C can cause serious damage to your liver, so it is important that you get tested if you believe you are at risk. Effective treatment is available, so if you are found to have hepatitis C, you will be offered the best possible care.
It is important to stress that this only applies to transfusions which took place before September 1991. After this date, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service has tested all blood donations for Hepatitis C. Blood donation and transfusion are carefully regulated to make sure blood is as safe as possible. SNBTS fully complies with Government policies and national standards, and is inspected by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (external link).
For more information visit the NHS Inform website (www.nhsinform.scot), call the Hepatitis helpline on 0800 22 44 88 or speak to your GP practice.Visit NHS Inform (external link)